Following his four-set loss to Stan Wawrinka in the opening rubber at the Davis Cup final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was critical of the lack of support from the French crowd in attendance.
While the event featured a record-breaking crowd of 27,432 spectators in the stands, Tsonga felt that the crowd was leaning more towards supporting the Swiss team rather than their own countrymen on home soil.
”When the teams were introduced, they applauded Stan more than us, Roger (Federer) more than us,” a dejected Tsonga said. ”We heard the Swiss spectators more than we heard the French ones.”
Although he does not use it as an excuse for his 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Wawrinka, Tsonga did admit that being booed in France was not the ideal atmosphere for the final.
”I was booed in my own country, maybe not by the French spectators but by the Swiss spectators. It’s annoying,”
Even Wawrinka noticed that his countrymen were getting more support than the French team playing on home soil.
”I think because of the match maybe we were having more support from the Swiss people than the French guy,” Wawrinka said. ”I think it’s tough to get all the noise from the people really upstairs.”
The Davis Cup final is tied at 1-1 following the conclusion of the opening day of action. Following Wawrinka’s four set victory over Tsonga, Gael Monfils leveled the tie with a dominant straight sets victory over a clearly wounded Federer.